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Christianity 101 Matthew 5:1-12

Christianity 101

Matthew shapes the Beatitudes into a powerful affirmation of the Christian life and hope.


Some college course numbering systems began in the early 1900s. Basic courses were identified and followed by the number 101. More advanced classes were tagged with a different number, like 201 or 301. Today’s text offers a basic course in the principles of Christianity.



For material based on today’s OT text, see “System Requirements,” February 2, 2014.


For an alternate approach pertaining to 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, see “God’s Protest Movement.”


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